Managing projects that are behind schedule while also dealing with requests from staff for time off or to leave early for a holiday event is a difficult balancing act. How do you ensure project success and high staff morale during this crunch?
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We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies Symposium, and the Talent Management Conference. The new event focuses on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent.
Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. • Gain insight into the tech-driven trends disrupting our industry, without leaving your desk • Network with the PMI global community while developing the skills organizations are looking for today—and tomorrow • Earn 6 PDUs • Get actionable intelligence you will not find anywhere else, tailored specifically for project and program managers Register today— Here are more details on sessions and speakers.
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Your professional needs evolve, and PMI continually evolves our offerings to help you work smarter. No matter what phase of your career you are currently in, your PMI membership has benefits and tools that can help you learn, build skills, and advance in your career journey. Spend an entire hour with three of your very own PMI Product Specialists - Kate Castiglione, Ed Cooney and Kevin Lynch to hear what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next, plus ask those burning questions.
In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we will provide an overview of PMI's Youth Initiative! Our world is evolving at an ever-increasing speed. Keeping up requires us to innovate and change more rapidly to find new solutions to burning issues, including strategies for empowering the next generation of youth to lead and conquer today’s challenges. So, how can a fresh perspective on youth help us to not only keep up with current demands but also bring us into the future faster, better? This webinar will explain PMI’s new perspective and the actions we are taking to embrace today’s young leaders—and how you can do the same.
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This Excel workbook provides eight logs and registers to help your project. It includes a Changes Log, a Lessons Learned Log, an Assumptions-Constraints Log, an Issues Log, a Risk Register (with accompanying risk guide and list), a Customer Promise Log, a Project Task Tracker, and an RFI Tracker. It's perfect for new and seasoned PMs alike.
This Excel workbook will help you form a comprehensive risk plan with templates for a Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure, Dependency Log, Rick Plan, Project Procurements Registry and Project Communications Log. It is helpful for experienced and new PMs alike.
This two-page project charter template includes sections for a stakeholder list, summary milestone schedule for various project phases (like collecting requirements, the development phase and prototype testing), and more. Adapt it to fit your specific project.
While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).
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Information security is all about protection of information and its critical elements (confidentiality, integrity and availability), including the systems and process that use, store and transmit that information. When it comes to information security, what exactly does it mean to us as project managers? This author helps you put the right procedures in place.
Have you been assigned to a project that “nobody cares about"? As project managers, we quickly learn that we don’t often get to pick our projects. But they're still important—and it's up to you to find purpose in everything.
How do new project managers determine whether issues are something they should worry about or whether they are simply “noise”? In the absence of experience, try this approach.
Every experienced project manager can look back and cringe at some of the things they did when they were inexperienced. Whether you are a young, new or stubborn PM, you always need to recognize your ability to learn and grow.
Question: I am going to head a team on a large, corporate project that will involve multiple teams. The problem is that we are not all going to be using the same methods of project management, and I am concerned about how we will be able to work together if we are not all following the same processes. Is it possible for various parts of the organization to work in different ways and still produce a good product?
Too often, acceptance of a risk becomes “pseudo-ignorance” because the owner doesn’t review the risk on a regular basis to ensure that nothing significant has changed. But while acceptance is a valid risk management strategy, ignorance isn’t!
Project managers often focus a lot on developing estimates, but sometimes they ignore the most important aspect of those estimates. Let's discuss the importance of standard deviation.
How do we differentiate between effort and duration? What estimating techniques can we use to determine how long work will take to complete? As we continue to build a foundation of project management knowledge, we explore this crucial aspect of project plans.
Development paths for new project managers used to be straightforward, but now it’s not so easy. Project management is changing, and with that change has to come an evolution in how new PMs are trained and developed.
Project managers spend way too much time worrying about constraints. Next time you risk missing one, recognize that it likely doesn’t matter much.
Governance can sometimes feel as though it’s judgmental of us as individuals, questioning our ability to manage projects. If that happens, it’s up to project managers to address it.
Does a project delay of a few days really matter? Yes! Schedule delays are often treated as no big deal, but that’s a dangerous approach. We need to view the schedule as a guideline, not as a weapon.
Minimizing the number of times that a resource has to switch between projects and activities can help mitigate negative impacts, but it’s only a short-term solution. There also has to be a permanent solution—or the project risks failure.
Many project managers find themselves with team members spread across multiple pieces of work. How do you manage that effectively, especially for new project managers?
Risk identification doesn’t seem like the most complex part of project management, or even risk management. But it can lead PMs down a dangerous path. Why? Risk identification isn’t about identifying every risk that exists.
Too often, organizations start project work instead of developing a plan. This has to stop! Kicking off a project can be an overwhelming feeling for individuals new to project management (and for a lot of us experienced PMs, too). Keep these tips on planning and scope in mind to help ease your stress.
The question “What is a successful project?” may appear obvious. It's not. This series continues to build a foundation of PM knowledge. This installment will address defining project success, differentiating business objectives from project objectives, and introducing the concept of a project plan.
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